World No. 1 Nadal Beats Bulgaria’s Dimitrov in Melbourne
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov lost to world number 1, Rafael Nadal 1:3 (6:3, 6:7, 6:7, 2:6) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Dimitrov started the match ideally, breaking his opponent in the second game. He never looked back since, winning each of his service games. The Bulgarian was serving extremely strong, and several aces helped him clinch the set, which was also the first one Nadal lost in the tournament.
The second set began with two breaks in the first three games. The two fought neck and neck until 6:6, and the set had to be decided by a tie break. There, the Spaniard showed greater resilience and edged his opponent out 7-3.
The third set was another evenly contested one, with Dimitrov falling behind 2:4, but managing to turn things around to 6:5. Then, on the receiving end, the Bulgarian youngster had a set point, which he failed to take. In a dramatic tie break, Nadal saved 2 more set points to win it 9-7.
Perhaps affected by his missed chances to take the lead, Dimitrov fell behind 0:3 in the beginning of the fourth set. Eventually, the world number 1 closed the match 6:2.
Dimitrov was seen off the court with a standing ovation, as tears came down his face.
Nadal will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer in the semifinal.